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Liverpool vs Sheffield United predictions: Reds to start fast against brittle Blades
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Steve Davies
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Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are in a three-way battle for the Premier League title
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are in a three-way battle for the Premier League title

- Liverpool moved top of the Premier League after Sunday’s 2-1 win over Brighton
- Sheffield United have conceded in all 14 Premier League away games
- Recommended bet:
Handicap 1st Half Liverpool -1.5

Sheffield United’s record against the Big Three this season reads played five, lost five, scored one, conceded 17 — and that’s not about to look any prettier after their trip to Anfield.

Liverpool have got the bit between their teeth after coming from behind to beat Brighton and back their relentless pressure to get the job done and get it done early against the division’s bottom side.

Team news

Ibrahima Konate and Andy Robertson are set to be available again but neither is guaranteed to walk straight back into the Reds’ rearguard.

Cody Gakpo could come in for Darwin Nunez up front and Curtis Jones is also fit as a midfield option.

Still out are Alisson, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota.

United are still beset with injuries and Chris Wilder has to decide whether to stick with Oli McBurnie and Ben Brereton-Diaz up front. In the three games they have started together United have drawn twice.

The stats

Liverpool are unbeaten in all 15 home league games this season and haven’t lost at Anfield in the Premier League since October 2022.

Klopp’s men have played 24 home games in all competitions this season, winning 21 of those. They have scored three goals or more in 17 of those 24 fixtures.

Sheffield United have scored 27 goals, the same number as Liverpool have conceded. The Blades have shipped 77 goals, the worst record in the division.

United have conceded in every away league game and have let in five goals or more in six different matches.

It has been a long hard season for Chris Wilder's Sheffield United
It has been a long hard season for Chris Wilder's Sheffield United

Prediction

Liverpool have got the bit between their teeth after going top of the Premier League, and now it is time to turn on the style.

A classy Brighton made them work hard for their 2-1 triumph on Sunday but Sheffield United are respectfully not in Albion’s class.

Chris Wilder will pack his midfield and try to make them hard to beat and they have drawn their last two games. Those matches were against Bournemouth and Fulham and they conceded five goals.

Indeed, since winning 3-1 at Luton they have conceded 17 goals in five matches.

Liverpool are fast out of the blocks these days — they have scored 10 first-half goals in their last five matches — so back them at a nice price to put this fixture to bed early by betting Liverpool -1.5 on the 1st Half Handicap.

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